PEOPLE who drive electric vehicles and do not have access to off-street parking will soon be able to charge their vehicles in public outlets thanks to a new grant.
The grant, totaling £ 300,400, will be used to supply 37 two-plug public charging points – 74 single plugs – in residential areas of Sandwell where people do not have access to off-street parking and are unable to charge their vehicles on driveways with a private charging point.
The grant is the second largest amount awarded in the Black Country districts, according to details discussed at the Sandwell Council’s cabinet meeting on November 24.
Transport Strategy, supported by Black Country Transport, submitted the bid for the On Street Residential Charging Scheme – a government scheme supported by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles.
The appropriation runs between 28 September 2021 and 31 March 2023. Any unused funds will not be carried forward to future financial years.
This funding will require 25 percent match funding, which will be sought from an as yet unsecured charging station operator, according to the Cabinet report.
According to the Cabinet report, the funding will provide 40 percent of the charging points required to support Sandwell’s transition to electric vehicles in light of the government’s 2030 ban on petrol and diesel vehicles.
Blackheath councilor Kerrie Carmichael, speaking on behalf of Cabinet member for the environment – cllr Ahmad Boston (Labor, Abbey ward), said: “Electric vehicles are playing an increasingly important role in how the transport system handles climate change.
“The government’s initiative to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 means that there will be an increasing need for charging infrastructure.
“While many people will have the option of installing chargers in their homes and performing charging on their drives, there are many residents of Sandwell who live in homes without off-street parking.
“With these residents, public charging infrastructure will be needed if they are not to be excluded from this movement towards greener, sustainable transport.
“This report seeks the approval of the Cabinet to accept this grant, and more specifically, the 151st Officer seeks to sign the grant agreement.”
The report was unanimously approved at the cabinet meeting.